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16. Teaching Racist Texts: Pedagogical Challenges

Thursday, 9 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Clark, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Russell Sbriglia, Univ. of Rochester

Speakers: Melissa Adams-Campbell, Northern Illinois Univ.; Alexander Corey, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Brigitte Fielder, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Sarah Mesle, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Erich Nunn, Auburn Univ., Auburn

Session Description:

The pedagogy of dealing with the racist content of American literature is the subject of this roundtable. Its underlying premise will be that rather than evacuating or ignoring racist content, engaging students in frank conversations about the racism inherent in much of American literature will help them address the difficult content of the literatures we read, discuss, and write about.


  • Teaching – Literature

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